Real Name: Hiram Riddley

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Student, computer hacker

Group Membership: Stars and Stripes Hotline Network

Affiliations: Captain America (Steve Rogers)

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: Holly Riddley (mother), unidentified father

Aliases: "Ram"

Base of Operations: Montclair, New Jersey

First Appearance: Captain America I#313 (January, 1986)

Powers/Abilities: Hiram was a gifted computer hacker and information gatherer, with numerous computer-savvy friends.

History: (Captain America I#321 (fb) - BTS) - Hiram's father left his mother when he was young, forcing his mother to raise him alone.

 (Captain America I#313) - When Captain America put up a national hotline, Hiram tried hacking into his computer. Cap traced him to his home, and confronted him on the matter. Hiram confessed that he had only hacked into the computer because he wanted up-to-the-minute information on his adventures. Hiram had hoped that he and his friends could help Captain America, and showed him how he could bring up keywords on crises, and Cap noticed a trail of sightings that indicated the Serpent Society were active in the area. With Hiram's help, he was able to track the Serpent Society down, although he was too late to stop them from killing MODOK. Afterwards, he met up with Hiram and offered to make Hiram and his friends an official part of his hotline to gather information on crises for him. Hiram happily agreed to help.

(Captain America I#321) - Captain America visited Hiram to give him a stars and stripes baseball jacket, and had lined up jackets for all of the hotliners, which he needed Hiram to help distribute. Hiram promised to do so. Just as Cap was about to leave, Holly invited him to dinner, and Hiram helped convince him to stay. Cap even unmasked in front of them for dinner, and Hiram's mother had Hiram leave after dinner because she was attracted to Cap. However, Hiram interrupted them when he found an alert on an airplane hijacking by ULTIMATUM, and Cap had to leave to deal with the crisis.

(Captain America I#332) - Wondering how to deal with the Commission on Superhuman Activities threat to take control of the Captain America identity, Cap phoned Hiram, and Hiram enthusiastically told Cap how happy he was to be a member of the hotline, and that he would give him all the help he needed no matter what happened, even if he started dating.

(Captain America I#443 (fb) - BTS) - Hiram's mother was shot in the head, and put into a coma. Hiram left a message for Captain America on his hotline, but he was slow to respond.

(Captain America I#443) - A month later, believing himself to be near death, Captain America came to visit Hiram, hoping to be cheered up, but Hiram was upset at Captain America for not being around when his mother was shot. The Captain tried to console Hiram, but there was nothing he could say to make Hiram feel better. He finally left Hiram alone.





Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Paul Neary and Al Williamson.

    The November 1996 Captain America: Liberty's Torch novel by Tony Isabella and Bob Ingersoll featured another appearance of Hiram Riddley. It has yet to be determined if this story or similar events occurred on Earth-616, (Liberty's Torch) Hiram Ridley assisted Captain America into the investigation of the death of mystery novelist Colin Maxwell.
BTW, Colin Maxwell may be derived from Max Allan Collins and his Nate Heller private eye novels.
--Per Degaton

by Prime Eternal

Hiram Riddley should not be confused with:

  • Dr. Lilith Riddlin of the Ultraverse, sinister psychiatrist, @ Solution#16

Images taken from:
Captain America I#321, page 5, panel 3
Captain America I#443, page 16, panel 1

Captain America I#321 (September, 1986) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (artist), John Beatty (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Captain America I#332 (August, 1987) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Tom Morgan (artist), Bob McLeod (inker), Don Daley (editor)
Captain America I#443 (September, 1995) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Dave Hoover (artist), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Last updated: 12/25/10

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